Droylsden man one of twenty-one arrested in dawn raid drug crackdown
Thursday 8th March 2018 @ 14:37 by Tom Greggan
Droylsden News Tameside

A Droylsden man was one of ten people arrested following dawn drug raids in Greater Manchester and the West Midlands on Tuesday.

51-year-old Andrew Pritchard, of Chestnut Avenue (pictured above), has been charged with conspiracy to pervert the course of justice. He was remanded in custody and appeared at Manchester City Magistrates Court today.

Nine other people, from Moss Side, Whalley Range, Openshaw, Stretford and Birmingham were charged with conspiracy to supply class A and class B drugs. They appeared in court yesterday.

Another eleven arrests were made in further dawn raids across Greater Manchester and Staffordshire this morning.

Officers executed searches at nine addresses across Staffordshire, Manchester, Oldham and Salford as part of a crackdown on drugs code-named Operation Friction.

Eight men and three women were arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to supply controlled drugs and all remain in custody for questioning.

Detective Inspector Tony Norman, of GMP’s Serious and Organised Crime Group, said: “A further eleven people are now in custody following raids earlier this morning.

“Again, this investigation wouldn’t be successful without the help and support of local communities. We will never tolerate drugs on our streets and we will do everything we can to stomp it out.

“If you suspect drug dealing in your area, please report it to police immediately.”

Anyone with information should contact police on 101 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.